October 15, 1998


At a time when we are doing everything we can to strengthen our nation for the 21st Century, we cannot afford to let the threat of violence in our schools and our communities stand between our children and the education they need to make the most of their lives. We must take action to prevent youth violence before it happens.

President Bill Clinton
October 15, 1998

Today, President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton host the White House Conference on School Safety, bringing together youth violence experts and advocates, educators, elected officials, law enforcement, and prevention and intervention practitioners, to discuss and learn more about what we can do to make our schools and communities safer. At the Conference, the President will release the findings of the first Annual Report on School Safety, prepared by the Departments of Justice and Education, and announce new initiatives to address many of the problems identified in the Report.

The First Annual Report On School Safety. The first Annual Report on School Safety is intended to give parents, principals and policy makers an accurate, yearly snapshot of school crime, as well as to provide information on what practical steps they can take to make their schools safer. Among the findings the President will announce are:

A Presidential Call To Action. The President will announce a series of new initiatives that address many of the problems identified in the Annual Report on School Safety, including:

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